Carmen Rey – About me

Carmen Rey was born in Mataró, Barcelona. Her professional career as Chemist and related to Computer Science, was always far from the arts, until 2014, when she found her passion for painting, particularly in figurative realism, and began her training. Since then she has made portrait comissions and has exhibited in national and international exhibitions and competitions.

She strives to achieve an emotional representation of the figure, through realistic or imaginative details. Trying to capture the real nature of a person is what propels her art.

She does not approach every work in the same technique, which is always evolving. For certain paintings, there is a planned route towards an expected result, mostly in oil paintings. However, more recently, she lets the work itself guide her through an intuitive mixed media layering technique, then the final painting is something more personal, and more interesting for the observer as well.

Carme Rey brief biography
With a degree in Chemistry, she has always worked in the pharmaceutical and computer systems’ areas.

Her artistic education starts at 2014 with the artist José Mª Caamaño in Mataró, and at 2015 with Kaoru Hirose in Barcelona, with whom she gets her Certification of the program of Sumi-e Japanese Painting.

She attends since 2017 intensive workshops about oil portrait, cityscape, illustration, etc., with different artists and at MEAM, Modern Art European Museum, she assists to live drawing and painting figure courses, as part of the Painter’s Career program.

In addition to being selected since 2016 in all the annual contests of the Sant Lluc Collective Exhibition, she collaborates in local group exhibitions in special formats of the Sant Lluc de Mataró Association and has participated in the following events and publications:

Solo Exhibitions and Fairs

2021 – Festiart Art Fair, Marbella.
2020 – Solo Show “Searching”, Mataró.
2019 – Online Iberoamerican Art Fair.
2018 – Parallax Art Fair in Chelsea Old Town Hall, London.

Group Exhibitions, contests and publications


Honorable Mention Award at Art Show International Gallery’s art competition 4th Open.
Collective exhibition of realistic art Euroartes at Centre Cultural Infanta Elena, Alcantarilla, Murcia.


Talent Prize Award at the 3rd Animals Contest, and Honorable Mention Award in the Potrait category of Art Show International.
Collective exhibition of realistic art Euroartes at the Museo de la Celestina, Puebla de Montalbán, Toledo.
“Mare Nostrum”, Contemporary Art Collective at Gaudí Gallery, Madrid.
Exhibition 15th edition of the “Artistic Couples” in collaboration with mental health institutions, Catalonia.
Group Exhibition at Artifact Gallery, in New York.
International realistic art group shows “Art without borders” in Punta Umbría and in Toledo, Spain.
Online show “River of dreams”, by Contemporary Art Curator Magazine.
Finalist in the “Circle Quarterly Art Review Magazine” Contest de Circle Foundation for the Arts.


Selected in MIRADAS 20/20 Contest organized by the Matilde Tamayo Foundation for Contemporary Art.
Honorable Mention Award in Art Ideal Magazine Contest 2020.
Selected and featured in the “King House Art Magazine – 1st Edition”, that will be themed “The Year 2020”.
Exhibition “Mataró Draws from Confinement” in Mataró.
Honorable Mention Award in the themed contest “Art in the time of Coronavirus & Social Distancing” of CFA.
Euroartes Group exhibition of realistic figurative painting in Plasencia, Spain.
Participation in the permanent online exhibition in Google Arts & Culture “Portraits for NHS Heroes”, collecting works by artists from all over the world portraying health workers on the front line against the Coronavirus pandemic.
Third Prize of the online daily contest “Inspiration in confinement – Dreamers” of New York Art Competitions of Agora Gallery in New York.
Online Group Exhibition “Sant Jordi 2020” at the Gallery La Destil·leria de Mataró.
Front cover and four pages in the Nr 18 of Spotlight Art Magazine, of Circle Arts.
Selected and awarded with the medal of the edition, during the XXI International Painting Exhibition at the EsArt Gallery in Barcelona.


Honorable Mention award in the Circle Foundation’s – Artist of the Year Award 2019 Contest.
Published in Issue 17 of Spotlight Magazine, of Circle Arts.
Finalist and Honorable Mention award in the Circle Foundation’s – Art Expo New York Contest.
Selected for the Online Exhibition “A quite place”, curated by Myrina Tunberg from Circle Foundation for the Arts.
Selected at the XXXIII Sanvisens Contest of Painting of Sitges.
Selected at the 8th Painting Contest Humet-Saula in Calella.
Selected in the XXIII Painting Contest Indalecio Hernández.
Finalist in the Artkeys Internation Art Contest in Agropoli, Italy.
Three landscapes selected in the exhibition Art without Borders, in Plasencia.
Two portraits included in the book “La magie du 1er degré de Reiki” by the French author Christine Lamour.
XII Meeting of Realistic Painters and Sculptors, in Torrijos.
Exhibition Sumi-e: Ink Japanese Painting, at Centre Cívic Sarrià in Barcelona.


Finalist in Online contests Art Fusion Women Artists, and at the Portraits 2018 Online Contest by Gallery 25N.
Expo Dona 2018 at Premiá, for the International Women’s Day.
IX Group Exhibition of Realistic Painters and Sculptors, in Aranjuez.
1340ART International Art Magazine blog.
Published in the art book “Leonardo Guide 2018”.
X Group Exhibition of Realistic Painters and Sculptors, in La Celestina Museum, in Puebla de Montalbán, Toledo
XI Exhibition of Painters and Sculptors, in The Auditorium of Leon.
Selected at the 7th Paintnig Contest Humet-Saula in Calella.
Selected at the XXXII Sanvisens Contest of Painting of Sitges.


Finalist in the Online contests Art Fusion 3rd Annual Figures & Faces Art Exhibition and Honorable mention award at the Online contest Art Fusion Seasons.
Group “Exhibition of Japanese Art”.
Selected at the XXXI Painting Contest Sanvisens of Sitges.


Group Exhibition Sant Pere at Can Tenas, Sant Pol.
Sumi-e Group Exhibition at Taller d’Art, Barcelona.